People on the Move

NHK shuffles int'l copro execs; Télé Images has a new COO; Discovery's Science Channel appoints a new GM
June 5, 2003

Tokyo, Japan-based pubcaster NHK announced the following job changes:Tatsuya Nakamura, former head of international coproductions, will be heading to NHK affiliate NHK International as executive producer of project development. Nakamura’s successor, Michio Tsuchiya, was formerly executive producer of NHK’s international TV broadcasting. Etsuzo Yamazaki has been appointed executive director of international planning & broadcasting. Yamazaki was previously senior associate director of the multimedia development department. Taking over his position will be Setsuko Koizumi, formerly a producer for NHK’s educational programs and deputy secretary general for the Japan Prize, the international contest for educational programs.

Stefane France, a former director of the Canal+ Group, has been appointed chief operating officer of indie prodco and distributor Télé Images Group in Paris, France. He will take over from Marie-France Han, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Silver Spring, U.S.-based Discovery Networks announced the promotion of Steve Burns to the post of senior vice president and general manager for digi The Science Channel (formerly Discovery Science Channel). Burns was most recently senior VP of production for the Discovery Channel. He has been with the company for 11 years and was involved in the production of such docs as Walking With Dinosaurs and The Blue Planet.

Aat Schouwenaar has taken over from founder John de Mol as chair and CEO of Hilversum, Netherlands-based format maker Endemol. Schouwenaar was most recently the vice chairman of the company. De Mol will remain a board member and chief creative officer of Endemol. The company emphasized that this move is not a surprise and that de Mol has publicly stated that he has ‘wanted to concentrate more on creative tasks within Endemol’ for the past three years.

Toronto, Canada-based Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting announced that Erica Benson, VP of programming for Discovery Health Channel, will now have the added responsibility of programming for Life Network. Benson joined AAB as director of original production for Showcase, then moved to Discovery Health Channel and was involved in the network’s launch.

After more than 30 years at ITN, Stewart Purvis, editor-in-chief and CEO of the London, U.K.-based news organization, is retiring. The ITN board has not yet chosen a successor, and Purvis is expected to stay on in the interim.

U.S.-based format producer Fox World and producer Tim Crescenti have signed a deal in which Crescenti will oversee the production of Fox’s formats in the international market (particularly Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia), as of mid-July. Crescenti was most recently VP of international formats for Sony Pictures Television International in London, U.K. He will cross over to Los Angeles to take his new job.

Canada’s Banff Television Foundation announced the appointment of Berni Wood to executive producer of nextMEDIA, the International New Media Festival (October 16 to 18, 2003). The six-year-old festival, which will be held for the second time in Brudenell, Canada, is a forum for new media producers.

IMAX Corporation announced changes to its board of directors: W. Townsend Ziebold and llis B.Jones of Wasserstein & Co, LLP, and G. Edmund King, a Wasserstein designee, are all leaving the board. IMAX also announced that Neil S. Braun was nominated by the board in April to replace outgoing director J. Trevor Eyton.

Toronto, Canada-based prodco and distrib Portfolio Entertainment announced the appointments of Kate Horton as creative director and Stephen R. Kelley as head of sales and acquisition, and the promotion of Deborah Rubinger to the position of development executive. Horton was previously director of development at CCI Entertainment, a Toronto-based prodco and distrib of children’s programming. Kelley was most recently VP of sales and marketing for Halifax, Canada-based prodco Salter Street Films International.

Discovery-distributed cable channel BBC America announced the appointment of Jennifer Lewi as vice president, marketing. Lewi was most recently the VP and management supervisor for ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi in New York.

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